SDB Evening News Reads: In Remembrance…2011Posted: December 19, 2011
We have lost some wonderful people this year, and we also have seen some real sh!theads kick the bucket as well…
So, for today’s evening reads, I want to focus on those who we lost this year.
First, this years TCM Remembers reminds me that we will soon lose all connections to those fabulous classic movies of Hollywood’s golden years. Just last night, they had “The man who came to dinner” with Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan and Monty Woolley…imagine this film is 70 years old!
Anyway, I’ve embedded the video…please give it a few minutes of your time.Vodpod videos no longer available.
Here is the direct link to this TCM video: TCM Remembers, 2011 — (TCM Original)
TCM Remembers, 2011 — (TCM Original)
Before You Go by OK Sweetheart provides the background for the 2011 version of TCM Remembers, our salute to movie professionals who passed away during the year.
This next link from ABC has a series of 124 Photos of celebrities and famous people who died in 2011
They lived by the sword, both inspiring fear and acts of bloodshed around the world. And in the end, they both suffered violent deaths befitting their fearsome reputations. Perhaps no two deaths in 2011 transfixed the world more than those of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden and Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi.
Bin Laden became the most wanted man in the world after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that killed almost 3,000 people. Nearly a decade later, he was shot dead by U.S. commandos in May after being tracked to his hideout in Pakistan. His body was buried at sea. For Gadhafi, the end came after he was captured by rebels, his final moments shown in gruesome, shaky handheld video that was seen across the globe.
If relief and even celebration by many greeted their demise, the deaths of other notables in 2011 brought reflection on lives of achievement.
The world of science and innovation lost Steve Jobs, the Apple founder who invented and marketed sleek gadgets that transformed everyday technology from the personal computer to the iPod, iPhone and iPad.
This link also has a list of those who passed by month…that way you can see just who and when they died.
One more link for you tonight, you may remember that this year was the last year Pearl Harbor will hold a reunion celebration…those World War II veterans are becoming more like whispers of the past, eventually the time will come when there is no way to connect with this part of our history…except through books and photos.
Breathtaking new photographs, including several vivid full-color images, offer a never-before-seen look at the war-weary soldiers in the Battle of the Bulge who fought through the frozen Ardennes Forest in a mountainous region of Belgium in the dead of winter.
They show soldiers on both sides battling the frigid weather as they fought each other during Nazi Germany’s last-ditch effort to drive back Allied forces between December 1944 and January 1945.
The pictures were released by Life Magazine on the 67th anniversary of the start of the grueling battle.
Icy: An American Sherman M4 tank moves past another gun carriage that slid off icy road in the Ardennes Forest during push to halt advancing German troops.
At the end of the of the 41-day offensive, 19,000 American soldiers were dead. The British Army lost 1,400 lives. Total allied casualties are estimated at 110,000 – making it the bloodiest battle for American troops in all of World War II.
German casualties were lower at about 85,000. But the Wehrmacht – Germany’s unified military command – ultimately lost their gambit to break through the Allied lines and capture key supplies — especially fuel for tanks and aircraft.
Under-manned and not prepared to camp out in temperatures that dropped to four degrees below zero Fahrenheit, American forces held out against German tanks and troops until reinforcements, including General George S. Patton’s Third Army arrived and beat back the Nazi offensive.
The German surprise attack came after Allied forces liberated France and were beginning to look forward to surging into Nazi Germany. Some historians say complacency among Allied commanders left troops totally unprepared for the German counterattack that sparked the Battle of the Bulge.
Perhaps the most famous story of the bloody battle came during the German siege of the Belgian town of Bastogne. Surrounded, American units were running out of ammunition and food. Medical supplies were scarce.
When the Nazi commander demanded the surrender of the Americans, Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe, the commander of the 101st Airborne Division responded with a one word answer: ‘NUTS!’
Beaten: A fifteen year old German soldier, Hans-Georg Henke, cries being captured by the US 9th Army in Germany on April 3, 1945.